Why does my natural hair break when I wash it with hot water?


Washing your natural hair with hot water can cause breakage for several reasons:

1. Stripping natural oills: Hot water strips your hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness and brittleness, making it prone to breakage.

2. Swelling the hair shaft: Hot water causes the hair shaft to swell, leading to friction and tangling, which can cause breakage.

3. Denaturing proteins: Hot water can denature the proteins in your hair, making it weak and prone to breakage.

4. Cuticle lifting: Hot water can lift the cuticle layer of your hair, making it rough and prone to breakage.

5. Over-manipulation: Hot water can make your hair more susceptible to over-manipulation, leading to breakage.

To minimize breakage, try:

- Using warm or cool water for washing

- Using a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo

- Conditioning your hair thoroughly

- Avoiding excessive manipulation

- Using a wide-tooth comb or your fingers for detangling

- Applying a leave-in conditioner or hair oil for added moisture and protection

- Try washing in twists or braids like this: https://youtu.be/xSMrJC51tec?si=MAo5ln8EJ_UWGp6i

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